Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Technology in a Time of Crisis

I'm so heartbroken by what's going on in Japan.

One (relatively) hopeful note is the presence of technology to help withstand the crisis. According to the AP, anyone can make a $10 donation by texting "Japan" or "Quake" to 80888. And google has set up a person finder with two options: "I'm looking for someone" or "I have information about someone." Anyone can ask or share. It's like putting up missing person fliers, sticking a post-it note at the lost and found, or even scratching a question on a bathroom stall--except this information is easily accessible and all in one place, one database of people trying to find each other.

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